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Tony Stewart looking for Danica partner

Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:08 pm
By Pete Pistone

Danica Patrick will run 8-10 Sprint Cup Series races for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2012 but team owner Tony Stewart would like to add another driver to the mix and field the car for the entire schedule.

Stewart says his organization is actively searching for a driver-sponsor combination that would allow SHR to run three full-time cars next season.

“If we can put together a package to run somebody in the rest of the races, we would love to do that,” Stewart said. “It’s in everybody’s best interest to do that and I know it would be good for us as a team to run that car full time next year if that opportunity presents itself.”

There has been speculation that Mark Martin, who is currently without a ride for 2012 after he leaves Hendrick Motorsports at the end of this season, would be partnered with Patrick in the combination plans. However will only sponsor Patrick's full Nationwide Series effort for JR Motorsports and the Cup races she runs for SHR. Another sponsor would be needed to run Martin or any other driver for the balance of the schedule.

As for Patrick's plans, Stewart is happy with what's been developed next season as his team gets ready to run her for a full Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2013.

“The way it’s laid out is a really good schedule,” Stewart said. “For her to be in a stock car every week is going to be great for her, it’s going to be a great experience. To run her in the amount of races we’re going to run her in will be good to get her ready for Cup in 2013.”

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Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:11 pm

Tony Stewart looking for Danica partner

Offer Boris Said a ride! If road racer Andy Lally can get a full-time ride and be reasonably competitive in clearly inferior equipment, Boris Said can do great things.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:49 pm

Tony Stewart looking for Danica partner

Kasey is going to be sponsored by Farmers Insurance on the 5 car.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:44 pm

Tony Stewart looking for Danica partner

I'm thinking a Danica/Mark - GoDaddy/Viagra combo would be a marriage made in heaven! Think of the possibilities, lol!

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:28 pm

Tony Stewart looking for Danica partner

Yea. stick mark in that car and keep his go-daddy sponsorship? Makes since to me. Not sure who Kasey's sponsor is next year. We'll see. Plus Mark would be great for Danica. Perfect fit.

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